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The director of many films considered to be classics of American cinema, Howard Hawks was born May 30, 1896, in Goshen, Ind. After graduating from Cornell University, he served as a pilot during World War I.

Returning stateside, he settled on a career in Hollywood, eventually directing an array of screen legends, including Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby (1938), Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946), Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959). During his career, Hawks made more than 40 films spanning the range of genres: Westerns, screwball comedies, gangster films and dramas.

Although he never won an Academy Award for his direction, he received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1974 (three years before he died) for creating some of the silver screen's most unforgettable works.

Howard Hawks in The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

1946 NR

A dangerous blackmailer has targeted the Sternwoods, a wealthy family once tucked away in the safety of their Los Angeles mansion. But while private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) works on the case, he ends up falling for the clan's fiery daughter (Lauren Bacall). Crackling dialogue and the perfect pairing of Bogart and Bacall make this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel a timeless classic. Howard Hawks directs.

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